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For rea­sons that are never made en­tirely clear, the 43-year-old ac­tor Idris Elba ( The Wire, Luther, Beasts of No Na­tion) de­cided to take a year off and be­come a pro­fes­sional kick­boxer. To this end he hired Luther co-star War­ren Brown to train him, and thus be­gins a pun­ish­ing regime of prepa­ra­tion with fight­ers in Ja­pan and else­where on the long road to his big de­but. Af­ter driv­ing through the east Lon­don sub­urb of Can­ning Town where he was raised, there’s im­me­di­ate bad news: two slipped discs re­sult in surgery that costs him eight weeks of train­ing. “His fame opens doors but also makes him a tar­get,” some­one points out, and in the early episodes of this six-part se­ries (a se­quel of sorts to his well-re­ceived ex­treme sports pro­gram No Lim­its), his nat­u­ral charisma comes up He was the pointy-eared Vul­can who de­fined a TV gen­er­a­tion in the orig­i­nal Star Trek, and in For the Love of Spock ac­tor Leonard Ni­moy’s son Adam paints a lov­ing por­trait of the Bos­ton-born ac­tor who be­came proudly de­fined by that iconic role. Ni­moy ap­peared in a plethora of TV shows and some films in the 1950s and 60s. This led to work with pro­ducer Gene Rod­den­berry, who had him in mind while block­ing out the hard-to-sell Star Trek and the calm, in­tel­li­gent alien who be­came its fo­cus. The pro­gram, which only ran three years, made Ni­moy a star. His story is, as his most fa­mous char­ac­ter in­toned, “fas­ci­nat­ing”. Kevin McCloud’s Top 10 Grand De­signs Aus­tralia Thurs­day, April 27, 8.30pm, Life­style Sea­son seven of this Aus­tralian TV in­sti­tu­tion kicks off with a great­est-hits pack­age high­light­ing Find­ing Dory 10 homes from the past six sea­sons. Host and ar­chi­tect Peter Mad­di­son and Grand De­signs host Kevin McCloud meet over tea (and a touch of whisky) at the Home­wood House in Sur­rey, Eng­land, to re­visit six houses from Vic­to­ria, two from NSW and one each from South Aus­tralia and Queens­land. Both are in­spi­ra­tional and cheer­fully geeky on the sub­ject of ar­chi­tec­ture, and these houses are a great pre­lude to next week’s new episode. You prob­a­bly can’t af­ford them, but you can al­ways dream. In their golden bloom of youth, Audrey Hep­burn and Peter O’Toole riff de­light­fully off each other in veteran Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tor Wil­liam Wyler’s widescreen 1966 Paris-set screw­ball com­edy How to Steal a Mil­lion (Thurs­day, 8.35pm, Fox Clas­sics). She’s the pro­tec­tive daugh­ter of dizzy art forger Hugh Grif­fith (who steals the film tidily from them both); he’s the bur­glar with an agenda for the “art”. Great fun. Thir­teen years in ges­ta­tion and worth every day of it, Pixar’s muchan­tic­i­pated Find­ing Nemo se­quel brings the scat­ter­shot vo­cal de­liv­ery of Ellen DeGeneres front and cen­tre in Find­ing Dory (Satur­day, 6.30pm, Fox­tel Movies Dis­ney). The film be­came the sec­ond-big­gest money-maker for the stu­dio af­ter Toy Story 3, and like that tri­umph has enough new and fresh char­ac­ters to en­sure an­other one. Plus, it’s very good. One of French icon Jean-Luc Go­dard’s rare stabs at what for him passes as a con­ven­tional nar­ra­tive, the 1963 sortof-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal French drama Con­tempt (Wed­nes­day, 6.50pm, World Movies) stars Brigitte Bar­dot, Michel Piccoli, Ger­man di­rec­tor Fritz Lang and Jack Palance as a group of film­mak­ers try­ing to adapt Homer’s Odyssey to the screen but trip­ping over petty jeal­ousies.

Pixar’s hugely suc­cess­ful

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